We’re getting closer to the vacation time of the year. You’re getting ready to go, you make various checklists and you fill your luggage with the last things or you buy the last necessary items to ensure you have everything with you during the vacation. However, in the last moment, you realize you should leave your home clean and orderly when you leave, so you’ll feel comfortable when you return from vacation. As usual, the hardest is to leave your kitchen clean. It seems you don’t know where to start and what to do first.
So here I made up a checklist for you to follow. You need to follow these eight simple steps in order to leave your kitchen clean before going on vacation.
8 steps to leave your kitchen clean before vacation
1. Throw away old food
It is ideal that you empty the freezer before you unplug them for the period you’ll be away. However, if you can’t unplug it, then you should clean it before you leave. Throw away everything that is opened and you won’t eat anymore and anything that is about to reach the expiry date. Wash the freezer and leave it clean when you go on vacation. You’ll be thankful for this when you return home. You should do the same with your storeroom, drawers, closets, and wherever else where you deposit food, preserves, cans, flour bags, pasta, and anything else like that.
2. Check the condiment containers
Condiments also have expiry dates. Throw away those that you haven’t used in a long while. Refill your condiment containers when you need to. It will be easier if you have them orderly and handy when you return home.
3. Clean the oven, hob, and dishwasher
You should clean all the kitchen appliances before you go on vacation. In addition to the oven, hob, and dishwasher, you should also clean the microwave oven if you have one.
4. Leave the dishes clean
I suppose it is understandable why it is important to leave all the dishes clean when you go on vacation. You need to leave all the plates, trays, pots, pans should be left clean, dry, and in their places. You can take advantage of this moment to make an inventory of all of your dishes and throw away everything that is worn-out, shaved, cracked or damaged.
5. Clean up
There are plenty of whatnots that appear in the freezer, closet or on a shelf. Throw away everything that you don’t use. This way, your countertops, and shelves will get freer and you’ll have less work to do when you return home after the vacation.
6. Refund the base stocks of your kitchen
If you need to buy some things for the travel, make a quick list with your base stocks that you usually need at home: dish soap, paper towels, matches, bags, food foil, baking paper and so on. This way, you avoid the unpleasant moment when, at your return home, you discover that you miss something essential from your kitchen. You surely won’t be in the mood to go shopping when you just get home from vacation!
7. Check the gas, water, and electrical sockets
Before you leave your home, make sure everything is well shut and secured: the gas, the water, and that everything is plugged out. This way, you won’t have any headaches during your vacation.
8. Take out the garbage
Obviously, even before you go out the door, you need to check the trash bin and make sure it’s empty and with a fresh and clean bag in it. This way, you will avoid the unpleasant smells that you may encounter when returning home.
Did I miss something? What advice do you have from your experience?